Witness the explosion of premium, in-car audio. Not so long ago, the number of speakers in a car and the brand on the head unit were hardly differentiating factors in the top luxury cars and trucks. Now, it seems that every automaker has its own take on how music should sound in a car, and there are more choices than ever. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below This begs the question: How can you best discern the differences among the sound systems that claim to be the greatest? It's an increasingly enticing option to tick a box to enhance your car's sound quality, but doing some research reveals that not all hi-fi audio systems are created equal.For some clarity of our own, we turned to Jonathan Levine, CEO and founder of boutique headphone outfit, Master & Dynamic. In just three years, Master & Dynamic has emerged as a serious player in portable audio, quickly becoming a favorite of music professionals and sound engineers. A serial entrepreneur with an ear for what's next, … [Read more...] about For those about to rock, turn it up.
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In this age of digital cameras, mobile phone photography and Instagram, what role the humble artist with his paints and brushes?Study Martin Tomlinson’s motorsport paintings and the answer stares right back at you. No Photoshop trickery here – just skill and talent laid bare in paint.Take his picture of Mike Hawthorn pitting his Ferrari Squalo 555. The overhead perspective places you right on top of the action. You can feel the heat of the engine.“If my house burned down, that’s the one painting I’d save,” says Tomlinson. “Actually, no – I’d let the whole lot go up and claim on the insurance.”Tomlinson’s sense of humour is never far away, deployed the instant he detects a whiff of hubris, which isn’t often. It’s probably borne of those years in the early 1970s when he went racing, towing his Formula Ford single-seater to meetings with his Ford Zephyr – and towing it home again, confidence sorely tested. … [Read more...] about The art of the speed: meeting one of Britain’s best car artists
If we're completely honest, we were planning to take it easy this issue. So naturally, Murphy kicked into high gear and despite our best efforts, the new issue of OVERDRIVE is tanked up and ready to go. It's waiting for you at the newsstand so your ride can begin! We've got cruisers, sportsbikes, superb SUVs, the new hatchback benchmark and a brand-new section that we are hoping will inspire the living daylights out of you. And that's just a top of the pops summary of the issue. Want to know more? Doers This new feature - you'll see more of these in the future - are very close to our heart as a team. These are stories of normal men and women who got off their lazy chairs and got to work making their dreams come true. We start the section with the story of Anuradha and Manas Dewan who gave up a near-ideal life for a 100-day run through Europe that's changed them. And the story isn't a memory-lane meander either. It's focussed on showing you how easy or hard it was for them - and by … [Read more...] about The February 2018 issue of OVERDRIVE is out, rocking, and selling out fast!
The Rhythm Collision Music Festival and Car Show was back on the first weekend of 2018 for three days of traditional hot rods and traditional rock ’n’ roll.The car show season in Southern California has no beginning or end. It’s year round here. The Christmas lights were still on the house when we attended the 5th Rhythm Collision, held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Riverside, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. Axle Idzardi and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association present the event, which is hosted by the Throttle Kings Car Club. PPG and several other companies and organizations help sponsor the event, and several local car clubs contribute their support.The music starts on Friday when numerous roots-rock bands perform, and continues through Sunday. We were out there on Saturday, when the Marriott’s four-level parking structure was packed with pre-1966 traditionally styled rods and customs, drag cars, classic trucks, and antique motorcycles. Any leftover … [Read more...] about Traditional Hot Rods and Rock ’n’ Roll at The Rhythm Collision 2018
Jaguar won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1951 and 1953 with its C-type, which was little more than a race-prepped riff on the roadgoing XK120. In 1954, Jag decided to shoot for the moon with the asymmetrically finned, elongated flying saucer known as the D-type, a visually distinctive little bullet that spawned the roadgoing XKSS and took home three straight trophies at the Circuit de la Sarthe, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955, ’56, and ’57. When one comes up for sale, rich dudes of a certain Anglophile persuasion invariably open their wallets. Guess what? One’s for sale, and its lineage features a couple of notable owners during the first couple of decades of its life, both of whom were notoriously ruthless businessmen in very different fields.In 1955, after the car’s initial on-track success, Jaguar decided to build a short production run of D-types to sell to privateer racers. Fifty-one were built, and the cars were generally very close in configuration, … [Read more...] about A Little Bit Bernie, a Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll: 1956 Jaguar D-type with an Interesting History Heads to Auction
Quick Stats: Bob SegerDaily Driver: 2013 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon (Bob’s rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)Other cars: See belowFavorite road trip: The American WestCar he learned to drive in: 1954 FordFirst car bought: 1954 Ford For his new album, “Ride Out,” Bob Seger did what he always does as part of the recording process: Listen to the tracks in his car as he drives back and forth between his home and the studio. “I have a writing house 12 miles north of my regular house. I’ve got a studio here in the writing house, and we mix everything here, so when I drive home I listen to the mixes on the stereo,” Seger tells Motor Trend. “I do that all the time in the car. I try to decide if I want to change anything.” Although Seger owns a classic 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1, he mostly listens to the songs in his black 2013 Jeep Unlimited Rubicon — which he gives a perfect 10. “I’d rate it a 10 because you can take the top off; you … [Read more...] about Celebrity Drive: Rock Hall-of-Famer Bob Seger
How do you review an icon? The Jeep Wrangler has been with us in one form or another for 75 years. Military duty, postal service, rock hopping, mud womping, vacation rental—you name it, Jeep’s original 4×4 has literally put the U in SUV. Everyone’s seen one, and like the original Volkswagen Beetle, odds are good that most people have a Jeep story. With that in mind, the test vehicle in question is the Hard Rock limited edition version of the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, which adds a bell and a whistle or two over the standard truck. But what’s left to say? Especially about the JK Wrangler, the current going-to-be-replaced-by-an-all-new-version-in-2018 model that’s been in production since 2006? Here’s a hint: Nothing you’re about to read will shock you. But it might just convince you to go on ahead and pull the trigger on a purchase that you’ve been meaning to make for years. Deep down, on some level, what red-blooded American … [Read more...] about 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Hard Rock First Test Review
From the outside, it looks like any other house in the neighborhood: well-landscaped grounds, two-car garage, yes, a nice little suburban sanctuary. You imagine matching carpets and drapes inside, maybe a couple of Little League trophies, portraits of the kids, and ceramic kittens. You are wrong. Inside this particular San Fernando Valley home, you’ll find a different vibe indeed. An old barber’s chair sits inexplicably in the living room, which is peppered with vintage car parts and painting supplies. No Little League trophies-the dominant motif here is skulls. Lots of them. In every room. Except the back bedroom/office, which houses a truly daunting collection of authentic Imperial German war helmets. This home does not belong to the Joneses. Welcome to the lair of Robert Williams. “He’s not the way he draws. I’ve always questioned him on that-I say, ‘You draw all this crazy stuff, but you live such a sedate life. Why is that?’ I never could … [Read more...] about Robert Williams, Hot Rod Artist – The King Of Low-Brow Revs It Up a Notch – Custom Cult
Don’t you hate it when you’re on your back under the race car and you drop a nut, bolt, or some other small fastener and it takes 10 minutes to find it on your old worn-out shop floor? Yeah, we do too. In fact, we hate it so much that from the day we signed the lease on our new race shop we knew we wanted to upgrade the floor. Our Circle Track/Project DLM race shop is located in a typical industrial park around the corner from CT’s main offices. It’s a 24 by 48 space and has an older concrete floor. Although stained, the surface is flat, even, and largely undamaged. We could have gone down to the local Home Depot and picked up a few gallons of epoxy garage floor paint at $30 per gallon. But experience told me that was not the way to go. Years in the construction industry taught me that high-traffic areas and spaces where hard-core work such as race car fabrication, preparation, and routine maintenance take place need a floor that can stand up to abuse-a lot of … [Read more...] about Rock Solid Floors – Gettin’ Floored
Keith Weesner was in a record store many years ago when he saw a teenager wearing a T-shirt with his artwork on it. He’s used to seeing people wearing his shirts, but this time it stuck in his mind because it wasn’t at a car show or a race or some other automotive setting. It was a random public place. Did the kid like hot rods? We’ll never know, but obviously he liked the illustration enough to drop $20 on a shirt. The same thing might be said of the people who pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for an original Weesner painting. Is it because they’re hot rod fans or because they’re fans of good art? It’s both, but mostly it’s because they’re fans of Keith Weesner’s art. Keith’s interest in hot rods and hot rod culture is hardly surprising considering that his father is automotive writer/photographer/artist/pinstriper Jerry Weesner (STREET RODDER, Custom Rodder). “We always had a lot of old cars around, but not always … [Read more...] about The Hot Rod Landscape of Artist Keith Weesner